Opens: Friday 9/24
Us rating: ** 1/2
Oliver Stone's sequel smartly dramatizes the economic meltdown. Shia LaBeouf plays Jacob, a trader engaged to Winnie (Carey Mulligan), who happens to be the daughter of disgraced financier Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas). Though the elder actor offers a strong, wily performance, Mulligan is underused, and LaBeouf comes off as a lightweight. Since his heavy emotional decision -- sell his soul to the capitalist devil or follow his heart -- is the movie's core, that's a big deficit.